The Clark Sisters

aka The Sentimentalists

Photo of The Clark Sisters

The Clark Sisters sang for Dick Robertson’s band in mid-1942 be­fore go­ing solo later that year. In early 1943, they joined Tommy Dorseys or­ches­tra, re­plac­ing the re­cently de­parted Pied Pipers. Dorsey re­named them the Sentimentalists, af­ter his nick­name, the Sentimental Gentleman of Swing. Critics at the time of­ten com­pared them to the Pied Pipers in less-than-fa­vor­able ways. They re­mained with Dorsey un­til April 1946 when they left, with his bless­ing, to star in the band­lead­er’s Mutual ra­dio sus­tainer pro­gram, Endorsed by Dorsey.

The sis­ters sang on a tran­scrip­tion disk for Enoch Light soon af­ter leav­ing the band and recorded two sides solo on the MGM la­bel in mid-1947. That same year they also be­gan a pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ship with singer Jack Smith, back­ing him on Capitol ses­sions through early 1950. They worked with Dorsey again in late 1947, record­ing sev­eral songs with the or­ches­tra both un­der their own name and as the Sentimentalists be­fore the American Federation of Musicians’ record­ing ban of 1948 came into ef­fect. The sis­ters also recorded with Bob Hope on Capitol in late 1948, back­ing him on his movie tie-in ver­sion of the song Buttons and Bows” and its B side.

In 1950, the sis­ters took a hia­tus from show busi­ness to fo­cus on fam­ily life. They emerged again in early 1958, sign­ing with the Dot la­bel and record­ing a nos­tal­gic LP of swing tunes. They made a sec­ond such al­bum the fol­low­ing year. In 1960, they signed with Coral and pro­duced an in­ter­est­ing se­ries of al­bums that mixed swing, mod­ern jazz and turn-of-the-cen­tury songs, be­gin­ning with Beauty Shop Beat that year, which fo­cused on bar­ber­shop quar­tet mu­sic, and an al­bum in 1961 that re­made songs from the 1890s. A third Coral al­bum in 1962 cel­e­brated the great singing groups of the 1940s.

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  • The Sunny Side of the Street
    Tommy Dorsey (The Sentimentalists), RCA Victor (1944)
  • Chicago
    Tommy Dorsey (Sy Oliver, The Sentimentalists), RCA Victor (1945)
  • The Moment I Met You
    Tommy Dorsey (The Sentimentalists), RCA Victor (1945)
  • That Went Out with Button Shoes
    Tommy Dorsey (Stuart Foster, Pat Brewster, The Sentimentalists), RCA Victor (1945)
  • Never Too Late to Pray
    Tommy Dorsey (Stuart Foster, The Sentimentalists), RCA Victor (1945)
  • A Door Will Open
    Tommy Dorsey (Stuart Foster, The Sentimentalists), RCA Victor (1945)
  • Nevada
    Tommy Dorsey (Stuart Foster, The Sentimentalists), RCA Victor (1945)
  • Where Did You Learn to Love?
    Tommy Dorsey (Stuart Foster, The Sentimentalists), RCAC Victor (1946)
  • Moon Love
    Tommy Dorsey (The Town Criers, The Sentimentalists), RCA Victor (1947)
  • Like a Leaf in the Wind
    Tommy Dorsey (Stuart Foster, The Sentimentalists), RCA Victor (1947)
  • Because I Care
    Tommy Dorsey (Harry Prime, The Town Criers, The Clark Sisters), RCA Victor (1947)
  • Evelyn
    Tommy Dorsey (Harry Prime, The Clark Sisters), RCA Victor (1947)
  • Until
    Tommy Dorsey (Harry Prime, The Town Criers, The Clark Sisters), RCA Victor (1947)
  • Starlight Rendezvous
    Tommy Dorsey (Harry Prime, The Town Criers, The Clark Sisters), RCA Victor (1947)
  • Tiptoe Through the Tulips
    The Clark Sisters, MGM (1947)
  • I'm Just Wild about Harry
    The Clark Sisters, MGM (1947)
  • Don't You Love Me Anymore
    Jack Smith with the Clark Sisters, Capitol (1947)
  • Civilization (Bongo Bongo Bongo)
    Jack Smith with the Clark Sisters, Capitol (1947)
  • I Tipped My Hat and Slowly Rode Away
    Jack Smith with the Clark Sisters, Capitol (1947)
  • If This Isn't Love
    Jack Smith with the Clark Sisters, Capitol (1947)
  • Teresa
    Jack Smith with the Clark Sisters, Capitol (1947)
  • Shauny O'Shea
    Jack Smith with the Clark Sisters, Capitol (1947)
  • Heartbreaker
    Jack Smith with the Clark Sisters, Capitol (1948)
  • Baby Face
    Jack Smith with the Clark Sisters, Capitol (1948)
  • Tea Leaves
    Jack Smith with the Clark Sisters, Capitol (1948)
  • Highways Are Happy Ways
    Jack Smith with the Clark Sisters, Capitol (1948)
  • You Call Everybody Darling
    Jack Smith with the Clark Sisters, Capitol (1948)
  • Cuckoo Waltz
    Jack Smith with the Clark Sisters, Capitol (1948)
  • I Wish I Knew the Name (of the Girl in My Dreams)
    Jack Smith with the Clark Sisters, Capitol (1948)
  • Cruising Down the River
    Jack Smith with the Clark Sisters, Capitol (1949)

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Sources

  1. “Orchestra Notes.” Billboard 9 May 1942: 27.
  2. “Act-Units-Attractions Routes.” Billboard 24 Oct. 1942: 13.
  3. “Act-Units-Attractions Routes.” Billboard 14 Nov. 1942: 14.
  4. “TD Denver Orph's First Flesh Act in 4 Years.” Billboard 1 May 1943: 20.
  5. “T. Dorsey Plans 12-Concert Tour.” Billboard 27 May 1944: 13.
  6. “Sentimentalists Now Clarks in Switch to Dorsey Airseg.” Billboard 4 May 1946: 47.
  7. Advertisement. Billboard 8 Jun. 1946: 17.
  8. “Advanced Record Releases.” Billboard 3 May 1947: 32.
  9. “Record Reviews.” Billboard 5 Jul. 1947: 131.
  10. “Records Most-Played on the Air.” Billboard 18 Oct. 1947: 123.
  11. “Honor Roll of Hits.” Billboard 19 Jun. 1948: 34.
  12. “Record Reviews.” Billboard 18 Dec. 1948: 35.
  13. “Honor Roll of Hits.” Billboard 25 Dec. 1948: 28.
  14. “Record Reviews.” Billboard 19 Feb. 1949: 34.
  15. “Record Reviews.” Billboard 7 May 1949: 121.
  16. “Births.” Billboard 5 Aug. 1950: 48.
  17. “Births.” Billboard 9 Jan. 1954: 38.
  18. “Dot Signs Up New Talent, Buys Masters.” Billboard 28 Apr. 1958: 2.
  19. Advertisement. Billboard 19 Jan. 1959: 29.
  20. “Reviews of This Week's LP's.” Billboard 8 Feb. 1960: 29.
  21. “Special Merit Spotlights.” Billboard 20 Feb. 1961: 24.
  22. “Reviews of New Albums.” Billboard 23 Jun. 1962: 31.